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Old 05-16-2004, 11:21 AM   #1
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New to Mandrake - a couple of questions :)

I have tested version 8, 9 and now 10 and I'll have to admit that this one is the most solid distro they've ever put together. It feels very smooth and as far as I've seen ... everything works!

I have some simple questions that I'd be happy if someone would clarify for me.

1. I can't find the File Manager - Super User Mode. Where is it or what's the package name?
2. In what way does the PowerPack differ from the cheaper pack?
3. I have tested over 20 different distros and I'd like to know in what way Mandrake is different from the other RPM-based distros?
4. Why did you buy Mandrake? Why are you using Mandrake?
Old 05-16-2004, 12:57 PM   #2
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Concerning super-mode user for file manager, was present in 8.2 then was not in 9.2 ( or so i think ), i just login as Root whenether necessary ( Mdk hide it as usual ).

Power pack has more items than cheaper one ( I use to have Window Maker with Powerpack, not with the Discovery ) but nothing vital.

I've only used Mdk so far, so don't know, but thing should be very similar ( concerning RPM )... derivated from Red hat after all.

Why i use Mdk ?? nice, easy to install (gui ), complete and French !! ( sorry about it )
Old 05-16-2004, 09:33 PM   #3
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Superuser File Manager:
press Alt+F2 type konqueror hold ALT and type O U W (or click Options and so forth). type in root password and hit enter.

Powerpack is more feature laden, usually extra applications and the like, probably sourcecode as well.

MDK is different in that it provides the lineup of *drake tools, like rpmdrake, controldrake and so forth. Other things that vary are the default files, some file locations, themes that come pre-installed, different file versions (since different distro releases occur at different times, different program versions are available ... etc ... point is some programs differ in version).

Installation itself is also a different program to other distros, but by and large, once it'r running you can make any distro look like MDK, or MDK look like any distro. The differences are very superficial.

Never the less, every distro, which comes with distro specific tools is (imho) bad news, because it teaches you how to use linux according to the company that released it ... Sorta like the world according to Microsoft, is a little bit off the planet.

As for why i bought MDK, i felt it was important that my GF learned about Linux (she did IT at uni) so i got her the pocket book edition (Malaysia at the time was very behind in releases) I didn't want to get her RedHat, and MDK can with a big guide, which Redhat did not. I used it for a while myself and dropped it when 9.0 came out, because i installed the distro, found that the software required to compile a kernel was NOT there, so straight away i went back to Debian, now i use Slackware.

MDK is ... a beginners Linux (no office to anyone, we use it to run our internet servers at work). I don't like it, in fact i dislike the RPM concept, at the same time i'm no fan of using ONE distro's packages exclsively, i feel i should be able to use source if i choose to, and try to stick to a distro's releases only with core programs (like X, and so forth). Kernel i compile from source, i like being up to date and source is the most efficient way for that. KDE on the other hand always becomes packaged.

Use the distro of your choice, arguing over what is best is pointless. YOU need to be happy with it, and experienced users have different preferences, because of different situations, and because of personal experience, i'm willing to put up with some compiling, but not all, so i don't use Gentoo, similarly my internet connection is slow at home so Debian and Gentoo is not an option again, Slackware makes me happy. MDK makes my boss happy. In the end what i do with the servers differs in no way to slackware so i don't care.

But i digress. in short, you need to know what distro makes you happy, different people like different things.
Old 05-17-2004, 06:17 AM   #4
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Re: New to Mandrake - a couple of questions :)

Originally posted by svarreby

I have some simple questions that I'd be happy if someone would clarify for me.

1. I can't find the File Manager - Super User Mode. Where is it or what's the package name?
If I remember correctly, you can make a new menu item (or just type into a normal user terminal) :

kdesu konqueror

This should then request the root password before launching the file manager with root rights.
(This assumes you use KDE)
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Drag the konqueror icon from the menu to the kicker task bar. Right click on the icon, and select properties. Click on the Advanced Options button.
Check the Run as a different user box.
Enter username: root

You may want to drag the 'home' icon instead of konqueror. Then you will start with the filemanagement profile instead of web-browsing profile.


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